Anchor California Lager - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
355ml bottle, thanks to United Distributors rep Susie for the sample - see, I remembered your name (even if I didn't spell it correctly)!
This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with four brash fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of musty, almost meaty bready pale malt, yeasty muscat white wine and rising dough that's been left on the counter too long unfortunately providing a more focused olfactory sense, along with some meek and muted citrus and leafy hops notes. The taste is more of the same - yeasty, somewhat crackery pale malt, vinous fruit, some well overripe lemon, and, well 'organic'-seeming grassy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly frothy sense, the body an agreeable medium weight for the already sort of subverted style, and smooth, but with that weird house yeast caveat. It finishes pretty dry, the crackery bready, yeast, and dry white wine esters as strong as ever were.
At first glug, all I could think of was how much this resembles Anchor's purportedly (and thankfully) distinct steam beer (trademark duly omitted) - that weird yeastiness, bordering on some sort of unwelcome bacterial action, and an everyman pale maltiness. Colour me still uninterested, yet at the same time thankful for the freebie, in the sense that I didn't blow north of 15 bucks on a wasted (in the entirely wrong sense of word) sixer.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 03:16:06 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I wish this particular beer was more readily available in my region. We seem to get a rather limited subset of the Anchor lineup to date. I had yet to see this one here in Alberta at all until today, on tap at Beer Revolution and going in 12 oz. tulip glasses. Coolness. You know a brewery is shooting for historical accuracy when they single-hop a beer with Cluster, which is surprisingly still grown in this era during which Cascade is now considered old-fashioned by some. Somewhat unusual color for the style, a golden apple juice hue that is just darkening into a coppery bronze, with maybe an inch of white bubbles on top. Aroma is rather vinous and citric, evoking white wine, lemon zest, fresh grass, and subdued doughy malt. Tingles the nose. Taste includes these elements as well, with extremely crisp and dry middle and end sections. Some faint grass and green tea notes accompany something else that evokes sour fruit and tannins (think quinine from tonic water, perhaps), with a hint of butter (diacetyl?). The total package is just a hair thicker than the usual aggressively carbonated lager. Leaves a nice sheetweb lacing on the glass. If this could be found in bottles here I'd gladly pony up the extra dough the next time I need a 6-pack of yard beer. Like an AAL crafted to have more floral, spicy hop notes and none of that cloying artificial sweetener character. You'll obviously be able to find more aggressively hopped lagers if you are so inclined, but this take on an American classic hits crisp and refreshing clear out of the ballpark despite a slightly thicker mouthfeel.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2014 01:01:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.16/5 rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'm not sure why I seem to like this beer so much more than the average vote. Perhaps I got a strange "magic" batch. Maybe people are rating the beer against IPA's??? For the intended style this beer is very good, in my opinion, and attractive in that it looks like a beer without apologizing. No, there's no "peaked egg white" in the head. No, it's not ruby red or opaque black. It's an American lager. Rich amber body and medium bubbles in a whitish froth.
Profile is quite similar to Sam's ubiquitous Boston Lager. There was just a touch more nut on the nose, and slightly less malt in the finish in comparison. Good bready notes ground the experience. The beer was extremely easy going in and going down. No need to be fancy here. Just a flavorful beer.
Overall, for the style, I'd say this is an excellent American lager and certainly worth having in the fridge. I only had one of these in my recent mixed case from Craft Beer Cellar. I'll have to see if I can get a six pack locally.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 16:31:32 | More by datalager
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A little surprised to see this today at the COOP... Picked up a few bottles and am getting to one while taking care of some business for tomorrow...
Poured into my thin tulip.. clear golden.. small bubble white head rises up and drops pretty quickly but the cap leaves nice drapes of lacing.
Nose shows clean pale malt with just enough hoppiness to balance.. smells fantastic.
Good balanced bitterness that just allows a subtle pale malt sweetness to get interesting... Hop flavors are sorta grassy and inviting.. This is a really well done brew.. Perfect for an evening barbecue..
Light/medium body ... good bubble.. nicely drinkable..
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 06:36:09 | More by JohnGalt1
Anchor California Lager from Anchor Brewing Company
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